As you might guess we don’t do a lot of celebrity news here at DaTechGuy blog but a few days ago at Live at five there was a piece on Kate Hudson that caught my eye.concerning Kate Hudson.

Now before we go any farther let’s stipulate for the record that it’s a neutral objective fact that the 35-year-old Ms. Hudson is a desirable woman that any man would be happy to have at his side, not a big surprise as her mother Goldie Hawn was a beautiful woman (she’s just turned 69 last week, boy am I old)

In an age when everybody is turning to surgery, pills  & fad diets Ms. hudson has a method of maintaining a competitive physical shape that openly reinforces uncomfortable truth.

“You [have to] work your ass off, that’s the only way. [And] you have to eat right,”

Furthermore it’s a question of consistency:

“I wouldn’t say [I work out] a lot, just consistently…People think for some reason you have to work out for two and a half hours…but, it can be little. It can be 20 minutes, it could be 40 minutes, but you have to [get it in],” she said. “You can’t do like two weeks and go like do two days and then take a week off and then do three days and then go, ‘Why aren’t I [seeing results?] I don’t get it.’ You know, you just got to do it — sad, like anything else in life!”

Obviously as a person who doesn’t work out & eats wrong (but better than I once did) my opinion on health is not worth much so why am I bringing this up?

Because this applies to almost every single endeavor in life, from writing, to any kind of business to politics.  People keep looking for a quick score or an angle it reminds me of what Max Hastings wrote about 3rd world armies who simply can’t get it through their heads the reality of relentless training as the secret to the success of British & American forces from his book The Battle for the Falklands

They all secretly believe that there is some pill you can take if you will tell them what it is.

But like those third world armies such as the arabs who routinely lost wars to Israel and to the mill if you are looking to get into Kate Hudson shape there is a simple answer

Hudson told Us. “Everybody wants some sort of secret and there just isn’t, it’s just you have to work out.”

It’s like the 10 commandments, easy rules are always the hardest to follow.

This is an important life lesson that’s worth learning

1966 Ford Mustang
1966 Ford Mustang

By John Ruberry

The Los Angeles Auto Show, one of America’s two major car exhibitions–the other is in Detroit–concludes today. This year’s edition has been packed with debut cars, as it always is. But one vehicle caught my attention, the Galpin-Fisker Rocket, a muscled-up version of a muscle car, the Ford Mustang.

The name Fisker may be familiar to you. Danish auto designer Henrik Fisker was the founder of Fisker Automotive, which produced one model, the Karma, a luxury hybrid electric car which had an MSRP of over $100,000. Fisker Automotive was the recipient of a $529 million stimulus loan, which was supposed to aid in the production of another Fisker model, the Atlantic, in the United States. The Karma was built in Finland. The Atlantic never hit the assembly line.

Your tax dollars at work!

Fisker Automotive declared bankruptcy last year and its assets now belong to a Chinese firm that vows to restart production. But the new owners may want to retool the Karma, as the vehicle was plagued by fires and was scarred by a disastrous test drive by Consumer Reports. The Karma was given a failing grade by the magazine.

Despite his leadership of eponymous  former company, Fisker’s background is mostly in  performance cars such as the Aston Martin, although he created the initial design for another luxury electric car, the Tesla S.Honk if you are Finnish

The Galpin-Fisker Rocket is anything but green. This Mustang, which was created in a partnership with Galpin Auto Sports, can achieve 725 horsepower, USA Today reports. Clearly getting behind the wheel of Henrik’s pony will be a stimulating experience, albeit one without federal loan guarantees for the designer.

Fisker is 51–he should have many more years of car designing down the road. If the Dane avoids electric and hybrid cars, others should take heed–particularly the federal government.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Yesterday I was commenting on Saturday’s Daily Mass being the final mass of the liturgical year with the vigil mass (at 4 PM here in my neck of the woods) being the official start of Advent and the Catholic New Year when a Presbyterian lady pointed out that Advent is the start of the new year for most of the rest of Christendom (except the eastern Orthodox whose year begins Sept 1st) and then commented on some of the feasts denominations celebrate.

As a lifelong catholic I’d never even heard of Reformation Sunday celebrated around its anniversary of Halloween.  That coincidence has sarcastic Catholic humor written all over it.

Other than the dropping of an “l” in the word “all” that statement is of course a fact that should surprise nobody, particularly not my readership.

However it might be a shock to some of my readers that in some of the lands where the Reformation of Luther and Henry VIII were the strongest “Reformation day” and the denominations that celebrate it aren’t doing well

Despite the aforementioned social and cultural visibility of Protestantism in Northern Europe, however, the Lutheran and Anglican Churches there are dying. British sociologists predict that practicing Anglicans will soon meet the fate of the Dodo and woolly mammoth, falling from 800,000 to just 50,000 by mid-century (Episcopalians face similar disastrous prospects in North America). In Sweden, 4 percent of Lutherans attend services regularly, while the corresponding figures in Norway and Finland are below 2 percent.

via the Anchoress who notes that in the Northern European lands of the Reformation there is a bright growing side for Christianity however they’re not all that inclined to celebrate reformation day either:

Northern Europe is proving to be fertile ground for converts. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI created the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, allowing Anglican priests to cross the Tiber. Since then, many Anglican clerics, frustrated with Canterbury’s eschewing of tradition, have done so. Scandinavian converts are hoping that the Vatican will create a similar ordinariate for Lutherans. Meanwhile, one of Scandinavia’s best-known Christian leaders – charismatic pastor Ulf Ekman – recently converted to Catholicism along with his wife. He said that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is the best book he has ever read.

Northern Europe is clearly one of the world’s most Godless regions. Yet, at the same time, the Catholic Church, while a minority denomination, is experiencing a revival that only Counterreformation popes could have dreamed of.

and it’s not just adult converts, on vocations they’re doing well too:

Currently, Scandinavia is one of the most vocations-rich regions in the Northern Hemisphere. The Church has 103,000 members in Sweden and 17 seminarians. By contrast, the Archdiocese of Vienna has thirteen times as many faithful but fewer than twice as many men studying to be priests.

So why is the Catholic Church growing while others are shrinking, here’s a clue

As Christ said, His followers are to be the salt of the earth. The Lutheran and Anglican Churches have long lost their taste. Other than some fading rituals, they have become largely indistinguishable from the broader secular culture. The fact that the Lutheran bishop of Stockholm is a practicing lesbian perhaps best epitomizes what has happen to Northern European Protestantism.

Someone might want to give those figures to Rome before the end of the Synod on the family.